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BAY CITY - Earlene Faldyn, 78, went to be with her Lord, beloved husband, and son on Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born on March 8, 1935 in Sargent, TX to Elmer & Gloria Martin Smith. Earlene was a most loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her 2 sons: Ronald & Rocky Faldyn and their wives; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; mother: Gloria Smith; sister: Joyce; 3 brothers: Jimmy, Curtis, and Larry; and numerous other loving relatives. Earlene was preceded in death by her husband: Frank Lee Faldyn; son: Ricky Faldyn; father: Elmer Smith; and brother: Hershel.

A celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Dr. Mark Stoub officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Victoria Advocate, May 19, 2013

J. W. Farned
1918 - 2000

M. Laurine Farned
1922 -2009

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Clyde Alfred Farthing
June 3, 1892 - July 18, 1973

Katie Ruth Farthing
June 28, 1900 - Jan. 25, 1976

Roselawn Memorial Park

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John Roy Faseler
April 25, 1946 -July 7, 2013

A mountain of a man joined our Lord in Heaven this week.

John Roy Faseler passed away July 7, 2013.

Big John’s height and strength, although mighty, were dwarfed by the size of his kind and gentle heart. From his sweet blue eyes to his broad smile, John Faseler touched the lives of so many.

Born April 25, 1946, to E.J. and Rosemary Faseler, John’s early years were spent at Thompson’s Camp, a Humble Oil Camp, where he began his schooling in a one-room schoolhouse. John’s family moved to Houston and then to Bay City, Texas. Faseler graduated from Bay City High School in 1964 and headed to play college football on a Daryl Royal Scholarship to the University of Texas. Switching to Texas A&I, John met and married the light and love of his life, Barbara Long.

Upon graduating in January of 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, John and Barbara headed to San Antonio where John would begin his service in the United States Air Force. After training, John was stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas, at Sheppard Air Force Base, where he went on to earn his Masters of Science Degree in Biology at Midwestern University.

In 1973, when his tour of duty ended, John accepted a position as a science teacher at Brazosport High School. John and Barbara moved with their first two sons to Lake Jackson where they settled down and had their third son.

In the early 1980s John went on to serve as an assistant principal at Lake Jackson Intermediate School, where he was known for his strong but fair disciplinary actions. Students and teachers, alike, respected and admired John Faseler for his honesty, integrity and his ‘good ole country boy’ logic.

John left his beloved LJI to head up Brazosport Independent School District’s Transportation, Maintenance and Food Service Departments as their director. John Loved his time spent in BISD. He loved the students, co-workers, staff and ALL of the people whose jobs it was to maintain and keep everything working in the district.

Although John retired in 2004, he continued to contribute to education as a substitute teacher and as a mentor for beginning teachers in the ACT Program of Houston.

Cooking, fishing, vacationing and visiting with friends and co-workers brought much joy to John’s life. But John Faseler’s greatest joys came from laughing and spending time with his three boys and their families.

John Faseler was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson. Faseler was a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Administrators, on the advisory board of CAP (Community Awareness Program), a longtime member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Football Association and a proud member of the Brazosport Retired Teachers’ Association.

John Faseler is preceded in death by his parents, E.J. and Rosemary Yates Faseler; and his brother, Jeffrey Charles Faseler; by his mother and father-in-law, John and Lucy Long; and sister-in-law Pam Long.

John is survived by his wife Barbara; sons John Faseler, Jr. (Mary) of Austin, Keith Faseler (Jacquelyn) of Pearland and Bradley Faseler of Bellaire; and seven spirited and beautiful grandchildren, Madeline, Avery, Julia, Brent, Jamie, Tyler and Camden. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Robert Faseler (Delaine) of Port Neches.

A celebration of John’s life, with light refreshments, was held Friday July 12, 2013 at 11:30 am, at the First United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson. Services followed at 1 p.m. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, at Pebble Grove Cemetery near Cameron, Texas. Following the service, a meal was served at John’s farmhouse.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Stanley Appel and staff, to the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute, to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey Veterans’ Medical Center, the caregivers of Help, Inc., and Texas Home Health.

The family requests donations may be made in memory of John Roy Faseler, to MDA-ALS Research Fund of the Methodist Neurological Institute, 6500 Fannin, Suite 802, Houston, Texas 77030.

Arrangements were under the direction of Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Clute, Texas (979) 297-2121.

Bay City Tribune, July 14, 2013

L. W. Feldhousen Services Held Here On Tuesday

Lawrence W. Feldhousen of the Francitas community died while sitting in his car on a downtown El Campo parking lot last Saturday, March 6.

He was born in Palmar, Kansas on September 2, 1900 and was 70. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Triska Chapel here.

Burial was in Hawley Cemetery at Blessing. Pallbearers were Marion and Charles Stancliff, Louis Capak, Edwin Gangl, Rod Whorton and Carl Walleck.

Mr. Feldhousen is survived by his wife, Josephine of Francitas; a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Jacek of Hollywood, Kansas; three sons, Elmer L. of Houston; Leonard of Burlington, Colorado; and Lawrence Jr. of Francitas; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; and one brother, Frank, of Palmar, Kansas.

Six surviving sisters are Mrs. Unice Carver, Mrs. Orphia Feldhousen, Mrs. Vera Ott, all of Palmar, Kansas; and Mrs. Clara Bell Goffelt of Superior, Nebraska and Mrs. Inez Frederick of California and Moyne Petersen of Marysville, Kansas.

El Campo newspaper?, March 1971

Reed E. Fenner
June 17, 1907 - Dec.17, 1968

Opal T. Fenner
Apr. 3, 1915 - Aug. 16, 2009

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Juan Fernandez

(June 24, 1949 - December 26, 2012)

Juan Fernandez, 63, of Bay City passed away December 26, 2012. He was born June 24, 1949 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico to the late Jose Fernandez and Eva Hernandez Fernandez.

He is survived by his wife Maria Guadalupe Fernandez; daughters Reyna F. Ramirez and Zulema F. Vasquez; sons Juan Fernandez, Jr., Noe Fernandez and Saul Fernandez; sisters Ester Fernandez and Maria Fernandez; brothers Alfonso, Fernando, Ismael, Pedro, Sergio and Jose Franscio Fernandez; grandchildren Zoey Louise Vasquez, Austin & Angelina Fernandez, Santiago Ramirez, Ricardo Ramirez, Samuel Ramirez, Brittany Ramirez, Savannah Fernandez, Sierra Fernandez, Noe Fernandez, Jr., Juan Fernandez III, Jacob Fernandez & Jaylan Fernandez.

A prayer service will be 6:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Juan Fernandez, Jr., Noe Fernandez, Saul Fernandez, Fernando Fernandez, Ismael Fernandez, Pedro Fernandez, Juan Fernandez III & Noe Fernandez, Jr.

Bay City Tribune, January 2, 2013

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas] - Sulema Rocha Ferretiz, 46, of Palacios, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

She was born Sept. 13, 1956, in Bay City, to the late Pete and Maria Garcia Rocha. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: sons, Pablo Rocha of Houston, Marcelino Ferretiz of Bay City, Jaime Ferretiz of Victoria, John Ferretiz and Gabriel Ferretiz, both of Palacios and Stephen Ferretiz of Philadelphia; sister, Esther Rocha of Houston; brothers, David Rocha of Houston, Pete Rocha of Porter and Ricky Rocha of Austin; and 11 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in Palacios.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Pallbearers: Carlos Garcia, Paul Garcia, Dominic Tilotta, Mark Tilotta, Daniel Llanes Jr. and David Rocha Jr.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, March 29 & 31, 2003

Lawrma Fields

Funeral services for Lawrma Fields, 35, of Houston, who passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City.

Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, December 25, 2013

Paul Edward Fields, 54, of Mason, TX died June 23, 2001 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He was born October 27, 1946 in Port Arthur, TX to Paul and Edna Parker Fields. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason, a resident of Mason the past 10 years, and a former resident of Harper, Ingram, Kerrville and Hunt, TX. Paul graduated from Sam Houston State College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He served as Sheriff of Kerr Co. for seven years. The past 5 years he has been with the Hays Consolidated I.S.D. in Kyle, TX as a teacher and coach.

Survivors include: daughter, Paula Fields of Comfort, TX; son, Russell Fields of Ennis, TX: mother, Edna Fields of Palacios; and 2 brothers, Bryan Lee Fields of Tres-Palacios and Ron Fields of Palacios.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman and Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment will be at the Palacios Cemetery. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. A00011A2001JN26

Daily Tribune, Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Lucy Figgers

Aged Negress Dies At Matagorda

Special to the Tribune.

Matagorda, Texas, October 26.--Old "Aunt" Lucy Figgers, an ante-bellum darkey, died here Monday evening at about the age of 105 years--some say 107 years.

She came here four generations ago, the property of Mr. and Mrs. John Rugeley, the grandparents of Mr. F. L. Rugeley of this place.

She has been on the county for quite a number of years, having worn out her usefulness as a servant and unable to do for herself. She leaves quite a number of descendants.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 29, 1915    [1900 Matagorda County Census has birth year of 1824.]

W. L. "Leo" Finch  1902 - 1987                    Hettie M. Finch  1907 - 2002
Roselawn Memorial Park                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Funeral services for Claire Joy Luther Findley, 75, of Tilden, Tx. were held Aug. 22, 2005 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Findley was born on Jan. 29, 1930 to the late Elsie and Charles Luther. She died Aug. 17, 2005 in Tilden.

Following the death of her parents, she took over operation of the Luther Hotel in Palacios.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Findley, of Tilden; daughter Louise Dilworth Davis and husband Tom of San Antonio; four grandchildren in San Antonio; brother Charles Luther and wife Donna Rose of Katy, Tx.; aunt Marian Callaway Perkins and husband Sam of San Marino, CA.; and well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Colwell Dilworth; and sons James Colwell Dilworth and Randolph Mason Dilworth.

Arrangements were with Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Tx. Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at

Palacios Beacon, August 24, 2005

Infant son of
G. & L. L. Fisher

Nov. 28, 1903
Dec. 17, 1903

Blessed are the
early dead

Cedarvale Cemetery

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J. B. Fisher
1904 - 1994

Thelma Fisher
1912 - 1997

Roselawn Memorial Park

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M. W. Fisher

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Manly L. Fisher
1907 - 1983

Velma V. Fisher
1914 - 1984

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Alva Fitzpatrick

June 2, 1896

32 Years

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Robert J. Fletcher
July 28, 1917 to May 14, 2009

Robert J. Fletcher, 91, of Palacios, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009. He was born July 28, 1917, in Beaumont, to the late John Albert Fletcher and Marie Theriot Fletcher.

He was a retired postal letter carrier with the United States Postal Service and a Catholic. He was a World War II veteran and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He helped design the bomb bay release on the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Jo Quigg of Katy; son, Scott Fletcher of Palacios; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Myrtle Warn Fletcher; sister, Stella Mouton; and brother, Frank Fletcher.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2009, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m., at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

There will be a graveside service with military honors under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Queen Hamlin Post 2467-Palacios at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009 in Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Pallbearers are Wayne Hunter, Glen Barnett, Taylor Teutsch, Lee Juarez, Zach Quigg, and Joshua Price.

Under the direction of Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, May 15 or 16, 2009

Carlitos Flores

(January 16, 1994 - June 19, 2013)

Carlitos Flores, 19, of Bay City passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013. He was born January 16, 1994 in Bay City to Javier & Maria Guadalupe Murillo Flores. Carlitos is a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and a Pipefitter.

He is survived by his parents: Javier & Maria Flores; son: Zayden Alexander Flores; sister: Zoyla Flores; and 3 brothers: Genaro, Francisco, and Carmelito Flores.

A rosary will be held 6:30 PM Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A mass will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 24, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.                 Photos courtesy of Betty Crosby


Eulalio P. Flores

(February 12, 1930 - November 28, 2012)

Eulalio P. Flores, affectionately known as Lalo or Mr. Flores, 82, of Palacios passed away November 28, 2012. He was born February 12, 1930 in Olivia, TX to the late Juan Flores & Franceska Perez Flores. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Palacios VFW Post 2467. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the 25 Year Club at Alcoa and coached the Thunderbirds Little League team for many years.

He is survived by his wife Angelina A. Flores of Palacios; daughters Yolanda Martinez & husband Mickey of Clute, Lilly Perez of Pflugerville and Linda Cochrane & husband Thomas of Bay City; sons Eulalio Flores, Jr. & wife Nadine of Baytown, Adrian Flores & wife Autumn of La Porte and Jeremy Flores of Clear Lake; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. One son, Andy “Angel” Flores, 3 brothers and 1 sister all preceded him in death.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Friday at the Palacios Funeral Home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gabriel Martinez, Jared Rocha, Joseph Rocha, Drew Flores, Taylor Cochrane and Stanley Temple. Memorials may be made to the Palacios VFW Post 2467 or the Knights of Columbus.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on November 29, 2012

Marta Riojas Flores

PALACIOS - Marta Riojas Flores, 41, of Palacios passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012. Marta was born on January 13, 1971 in Mexico to Rebecca Flores Riojas and the late Olivio Riojas.

She is survived by her husband, Lorenzo Jaime Ruiz; Daughters, Stephanie, Liliana and Kimberly; Sons, Luis and Lorenz; Sister, Magdalena Riojas; Brothers, Manuel Riojas and Alfredo Riojas.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 19, 2012 from 11-9 p.m. at Living Word Church in Palacios.

Arrangements made by Artero Memorial Chapels. 827 W. Austin, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300

Published in the Victoria Advocate, December 19, 2012

PALACIOS - Mary L. Flores, 72, of Palacios, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004.

She was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Cuero, to the late Cosme H. and Ana Marmolejo Llanes. She was a homemaker and a nurse's aide for Palacios Health Care Center.

Survivors: daughters, Esperanza "Hope" Marroquin, Diana Gonzalez, and Jackie Flores, all of Palacios, and Mary Ann Olenick of San Marcos; sons, John Flores, Mario Flores, Larry Flores, Joe Eugene Flores, Jesse Flores, and Christopher Flores, all of Palacios, and Isidro Flores of Austin; sister, Gracie Morales of Rockdale; brothers, Demetrio Llanes of Palacios, Lorenzo Llanes of Hobbs, N.M., and Canuto M. Llanes of Corpus Christi; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Angel P. Flores; and three brothers, Fabian Yanes, George Llanes, and Tim Llanes.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Palacios.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Revs. Andy Blair and Janell Blair officiating.

Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300.

Victoria Advocate, November 21, 2004

Rosaura Flores, 81, of Palacios died Thursday, April 25, 2001, in Victoria, Texas.

She was born July 1, 1919, in Mexico to the late Reyes and Pilar Sanchez Garcia.

She is survived by: daughters, Ophelia Peres of Palacios, Evangeline Reyes of Palacios, Stella Martino of Palacios, Pilar Flores of Austin; sons, Abelardo Flores, Jr., of Palacios, Thomas Flores of Bay City and Antonio Flores of Palacios; sister, Teresa Gonzales of Palacios, 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Abelardo Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with the Rev. Andy Blair and the Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery. Visitation will be until noon Friday at Palacios Funeral Home and after will be at the First Presbyterian Church until service time.

Pallbearers include Marcos Flores, Thomas Flores,II, Abraham Flores, Eddie Reyes, Louis Martino, III, and James Flores.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home. A00011A2001AR27

Daily Tribune, Friday, April 27, 2001

James R. Fortenberry, 42, died Sunday, October 8, 2000 in Houston, Texas. He was born July 8, 1958 in Bay City to the late James Idle and Pauline Stansell Fortenberry. He is survived by his wife, Mary Wisdom Fortenberry of El Dorado Estate; sons, Clint Allen and Kirk David Fortenberry both of El Dorado Estate; sisters and brothers-in-law, Hazel and Kenneth Bass of West Columbia, Dorothy and Bob Wakefield of Bay City, Anita Stansell also of Bay City, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday October 11, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Midfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers include, Kenneth Bass, David Bass, Billy Ray Clifton, Rick Davis, Mike Finster, Bubba Lee, Mike Smith, and Jesse Palacios. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Troy Lee Stansell and Orval Stansell.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000OT11

Daily Tribune, Wednesday, October 11, 2000


Harold D. Fouse
1930 - 1980

Joan L. Fouse
1932 - 2011

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Sarah Franco

(October 15, 1932 - November 10, 2012)

Sarah Zepeda Franco, 80, of Bay City passed away November 10, 2012. She was born October 15, 1932 in Bay City, TX to the late Guadalupe Zepeda and Lena Blanco Zepeda. She and her husband owned and operated Franco’s Restaurant and other businesses for many years.

Her husband Raul Franco, Sr. and son Raul Franco, Jr. both preceded her in death. Survivors include daughters Rachel Solis & husband Ruben of Richwood, TX, Ruth Franco of Bay City, Rebecca Ortiz & husband Manuel of Bay City, Ruby Franco of Bay City, Sylvia Bartley & husband Gary of Brazoria and Marty DeCarlos & husband Jose of Sweeny; sisters Martha Lopez of Bay City & Ruth Orasco of Corpus Christi; brothers Paul Zepeda of Houston & Isaac Zepeda of Bay City; grandchildren Felecia Neubig, Jason Reams, Jonathan Rodgers, Michael Ortiz, John Rafael Sanchez, Elias Sanchez, Jr., Richard Cortinas, Jr., Raul Franco III, Sean Franco, Crystal Martin, Sylvia Teeple, Manuel Sosa, Anthony Paul Sosa & Andrew Sosa and numerous great grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nick Stillwell, Robert Thompson, Stephen Baker, Jonathan Rodgers, Jason Reams & Michael Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruben Solis, Manuel Ortiz, John Sanchez, Jordan Cantu, Sonny Ware, Matt Lawhon, Gary Mathis & Elias Sanchez, Jr.

Funeral services for George C. Frangullie, Sr., 86, of Palacios, were held Sept. 3, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.

Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Frangullie was born Jan. 15, 1916 in Palacios to the late Lazaro and Sophie Champion Frangullie. He died Aug. 30, 2002.

He was a retired commercial fisherman and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia Trefill Frangullie; daughter and son-in-law Sophie and Milton Myers of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher Anthony and Rita Frangullie of San Antonio, and George C. and Anita Frangullie, Jr. of Palacios; sister Catherine Miranda of Palacios; brother Joe Frangullie of Palacios; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Dora Cole and Antonia Flores.

Pallbearers were Arthur Miranda, Chencho Garica, David Flores, Dickie Flores, Lin Chau and Thomas Flores.

Palacios Beacon, September 4, 2002

Baby Kyrn Frank
Jan. 11, 2013 – March 7, 2013

Funeral services for Baby Kyrn Frank will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013 in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary. Dr. T. L Richardson will be officiating.

Burial will be at the Williams’. Baby Kyrn was born January 11, 2013 in Houston, Texas and died March 7, 2013 to Francis Frank, Jr. and Alexia Knowles of Bay City, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, March 15, 2013


Freda Ray Franklin

Roselawn Memorial Park

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Jane Young Reynolds Franks
April 17, 1918 – Oct. 1, 2012

Jane Franks was born April 17, 1918 in Agosta, Ohio to Frank A. and Mae Horton Young Reynolds. She passed away peacefully at Matagorda Regional Medical Center on October 1, 2012 at 94 years of age. Her family was with her.

Jane was preceded in death by: husband, Leon Franks; infant son, Wayne Lee Franks; brother, Giles Reynolds; her parents; and great-granddaughter, Jolee Elizabeth Baca.

She is survived by: children, Susan and Lee Edward Baca, Hugh and Eileen Franks; brother and wife, Dean and Mary Ellen Reynolds; grandchildren, Anita Lynn Franks, Steven and Lori Baca, Daniel and Paige Franks and Jason and Janelle Baca. Jane was also blessed to have many dear nieces and nephews as well as close and caring friends.

During her lifetime, Jane and Leon were avid square dancers and also traveled to Colorado whenever they could. She was an accomplished seamstress and in her early 80s decided to learn the art of quilting. She made beautiful quilts for all her family.

After she moved from San Antonio to Bay City in 1984, she made many good friends and had lots of happy memoires of good times with them. She moved into the Legacy Assisted Living Center in 2005 and had eight happy years there, and we would like to thank the entire staff at the Legacy for making these years comfortable for her.

A special thanks to Gaylynn, Latresha, Rachel and Mabel for their extra care these past two months. The family would also like to thank Dr. Amy Keffer who has been a good friend as well as her doctor during these past years.

No funeral service is planned as she wished to have her remains taken to Colorado where Leon’s were taken.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Legacy Assisted Living Center Activity Fund, 720 12th St., Bay City, TX 77414 or in her memory to the charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, October 7, 2012

John Edward Frankson, 82, of Palacios, Carancahua Community, died August 22, 2004.

He was born July 24, 1922 in Carancahua to the late Lloyd Edward and Leta Lee Linville Frankson.

Mr. Frankson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios and was a lifelong resident of the Carancahua Community. He was a pilot in the US Army Air Forces during WWII, a member of the Mustang Square Dancers club, and he was a rancher.

Survivors include: sister-in-law, JoBeth Frankson of Palacios, Texas; nephew, John C. Frankson and wife Dawna and their children, Eric Frankson and Kimberly Hanz, and nephew David A. Frankson Jr. and his wife Pattie and their children, Kenneth, Cheryl and Kelli Frankson all of the Carancahua Community.

He was preceded in death by his brother David A. Frankson Sr.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hollie Brisco officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Pete Griffith, Galen Johnson, Troy Shimek, Cody Adams, Harry Frankson, and Marvin Stuhrenberg. Honorary pallbearers are the Friends at the Dairy Queen and the Mustang Square Dancers Club.

Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, August 25, 2004


HALLETTSVILLE - Marilyn Y. Freeman, 64, of Hallettsville, passed away Oct. 22, 2012. She was born on April 30, 1948 to W. F. & Leila Williams Ballinger in Houston.

Marilyn is survived by: 2 sons, Michael and Matthew Freeman; daughter Melanie Janssen & husband Tracey; brother Kenneth Ballinger & wife Vicki of Van Vleck,  sister Jewell Kelsey & husband Edmon; and 2 grandchildren Aidan and Audrie Freeman.

Marilyn was preceded in death by: her parents; daughter Melissa Freeman; and sister Janelle Surratt.

Graveside Service: 11 am, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Willow Creek Cemetery near Vienna, Texas.

Officiate: Rev. Terry Horton.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Victoria Advocate on October 25, 2012

Jacob Taylor Frick
(November 2, 1923 - April 1, 2013)

Jay T. Frick was born on November 2, 1923 to Alfred August and Dessie Mae Maxwell Frick in Midfield, Matagorda County, Texas. He passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his sister Susie Hiltpold and brother D. A. Frick.

Jay attended school in College Port and completed his high school years in Markham. He then attended trade school in Victoria where he learned to weld. Jay loved sports and excelled in football, basketball, and track.

The Frick family was all involved in farming. Jay took this family tradition to a successful level. He was named “Outstanding Rice Farmer of Matagorda County” in 1969. He also received an award for soil and water conservation.

Jay was drafted and was one of the first deployed to Korea to make preparations for the latter arrival of the U. S. Armed Forces. After his discharge he returned home and married his long time sweetheart, Lorene Anna Hahn, on February 26, 1947.

Jay is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorene; two daughters Anna Jay Hurta and husband Bill and Gail Lynn Saathoff and husband Mike. He has four grandchildren Bruce Hurta and wife Crystal, Bryan Hurta, Lance Saathoff and wife Meredith and Gretchen Saathoff. He also has four great grandchildren Katelyn, Bryce, Brock, and Brooklyn and one on the way.

Funeral services were 2:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. David Dunaway and Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers were Danny Shindler, Percy Carroll, LeRoy Bieri, Bruce Hurta, Bryan Hurta and Lance Saathoff. Honorary pallbearers were Gretchen Saathoff, Katelyn Hurta, Bryce Hurta, Brock Hurta and Brooklyn Saathoff.

Mark Stephen Friede
March 9, 1961 –May 31, 2013

Mark Stephen Friede, 52, of Houston, Texas passed away May 31, 2013. He was born on March 9, 1961 in Panama City, Florida.

He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, love for fishing, music, art, and entertaining others. He was dedicated to his work and in his spare time was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time with his family.

Mark was preceded in death by: his father, Marvin Jerome Friede; grandparents and brother-in-law

He is survived by: his mother, Audrey H. Friede; brothers, Glen and Cliff Friede and their families; sisters, Debbie Friede and Barbara Acuna and their families; many nieces, nephews, and lots of wonderful friends.

Mark went peacefully in his sleep and is no longer suffering.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Houston Hospice or to the ASPCA.

Bay City Tribune, June 5, 2013

Norma Angeline Fritzsching
Sept. 13, 1920 – March 16, 2013

Norma Angeline Fritzsching was born September 13, 1920 in Bay City, Texas to the late Shepard Sidney Cleveland and Norma B. McCain Cleveland.

Norma passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Bay City.

Her husband Ernest Robert Fritzsching preceded her in death.

Survivors include: three sons, Ernest F. Fritzsching of Houston, Jerry Fritzsching and wife Jan of Bay City and Andy Fritzsching of Matagorda; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at Matagorda Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, March 19, 2013

Leigh Anne Frontz

Funeral services for Leigh Anne Frontz, 14, of Bay City, were scheduled for 2 p. m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City. Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

A resident of Bay City, she attended Bay City High School and is a former member of the swim team, student council and Bay City Gymnastics Team.

Survivors include her parents, Bill and Jeanette Frontz of Bay City; maternal grandparents Jerry and Mildred Babik of Bay City; paternal grandparents, Bill and Sally Frontz of Bay City; and brother, William Wesley Frontz of Bay City.

Pallbearers included Frank Miska, Daniel Babik, Randy Frontz, Del Sears, Scott Sears and Keith Brangan.

Honorary pallbearers included David Anders, Kevin Kerzee, Bobby Hanson, Brandon Osborne, Robert Button and Jason Suchomel.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, April, 1990                                      Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


William Wesley “Wes” Frontz

William Wesley “Wes” Frontz, 18, of Bay City, died March 16, 1996 at Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Wes was born March 9, 1978 in Bay City to William W. and Jeanette Babik Frontz. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, a Senior at Bay City High School where he was a member of Bay City High School Varsity Football team the past three years and also a member of the Interact Club, and a life long resident of Bay City.

A Rosary was recited 7 p. m. Monday, March 18, 1996, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with a Funeral Mass 4 p. m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Gietl and Msgr. James C. Brunner officiating.

Pallbearers will be Randy Frontz, Frank Miska, Del Sears, Scott Sears, Daniel Babik, Jeremy Miska, Garrett Miska, Stuart Babik, and Matthew Frontz.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Nick Frontz, Robert Davis, Darreyl Chambers, Dirk Griffith, Shane Hahn, Les Magee, Robbie Reed, Rick Reed, Ryan Peterson, Chris Sullivan, Clark Miller, Julio Castillo, Shaw Ottis, David Tanguma, Chad Briggs, and all his friends of B. C Srs 96.

Survivors include: Parents William W. & Jeanette Frontz of Bay City, Maternal Grandparents Jerry & Mildred Babik of Bay City, Paternal Grandmother Sally Frontz of Bay City, Paternal Grandfather William E. Frontz of Palacios, Aunts and Uncles Linda and Frank Miska of West Columbia, Chris and Del Sears of San Saba, TX, Randy and Linda Frontz of Bay City and Daniel and Carol Babik of Conroe, TX.

Wes was preceded in death by his sister Leigh Ann Frontz April 14, 1990.

The Family requests that donations be made to the Perpetual Memorial Fund in Memory of Leigh Anne & Wes Frontz at the Victoria Bank & Trust, P. O. Box 2360, Bay City, TX 77404-2360.

Arrangements are by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 19, 1996                                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


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Jul. 10, 1867 - Aug. 23, 1872

Matagorda Cemetery

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